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The Social Sex: A History of Female Friendship

Marilyn Yalom, with Theresa Donovan Brown
Item #: D80380
Format: Paperback
Pages/Publication Date: 383 / 2015
Publisher: Harper Perennial
ISBN: 9780062265500
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Today the bonds of female friendship are understood as a natural human dynamic. Yet only a few centuries ago the idea of such a bond was unacknowledged, even pooh-poohed; only men, the reasoning went, had the emotional and intellectual depth to develop and sustain meaningful relationships. In this multifaceted history, Marilyn Yalom (author of A History of the Wife) and Theresa Donovan Brown (an expert in international economics) demonstrate how phenomena from simple gossip to the innovation of the literary salon, the emergence of female professions, and the advent of women's sports all provided avenues for women to communicate, cooperate, and bond with each other.


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